Friday, November 24, 2017

#BookMail #38

It's not Thursday but it is Black Friday! I hope all of you are finding some amazing deals. I did get one piece of book mail in the past week in addition to finishing my Bookstagram Secret Santa shopping (I shipped out my parcel today). Here's what was in my mailbox this week...

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I was really excited to get my signed, personalized copy of Renegades by Marissa Meyer. This has been close to the top of my TBR list for a while now and I can't wait to dive in!

Book Mail I'm Waiting On:

- My Grisha Box from Wick and Fable (Which just shipped out today! YAY!)

- My Parcel from my Bookstagram Secret Santa!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

{Blog Tour Review & Giveaway} SIX LITTLE SECRETS by Katlyn Duncan

Six Little Secrets by Katlyn Duncan
Publisher: HQDigital
Release Date: November 24, 2017
Genre: YA Thriller
Pages: 150
Formats: eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Goodreads

The newest fast-paced YA thriller novella from Katlyn Duncan

Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…

Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.

But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…

…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.

Add to Goodreads
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play Books

My Review:
Six Little Secrets is The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. Gather six teenagers from different social groups in one room for a Saturday detention who have seemingly nothing in common, yet each is hiding something. Insert a mysterious voice over the PA system when the detention monitor leaves the room who tells them they are all there for a reason - because of the things they're hiding (broadcast in the style of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None or Ten by Gretchen McNeil) and wait for the ensuing mayhem. 

Each one is given a task and should they refuse or fail the task there will be consequences. At first, they blow it off as a prank - until their unseen provocateur delivers the first consequence. Realizing it isn't a joke the six band together to complete their tasks even as the tasks and consequences become more serious. Why have these six been selected? What did they ever do to their attacker? Who is the person calling the shots and why? 

Either way, these six will be bound together by this day forever. 

At first, I didn't think I would like this book. I could identify it right away as being like The Breakfast Club and I was hoping there'd be some murder or something in this book (there was, just not in the way I expected). 

This book was fast-paced and relatively short so I easily found myself getting engrossed in the story and by the end, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I genuinely did not know who the person behind it all was until it came out at the end and I was interested in finding out all of the character's secrets - although some of them were just kind of "meh" secrets. And even the person targeting them's motive seems a little shaky. These six inadvertently caused the event that set the instigator off but why did that person choose to get revenge in this way? Sure, the cops probably wouldn't have gone after the six for the event that was the catalyst but surely all of these secrets (at least the ones that were criminal) could have been turned over to the police. 

Overall, I liked this book much more than I expected to and found the ending satisfying which is the important part. I was emotionally invested in the characters enough that I wanted to see what happened to them and the plot was consistent and kept me going. Would I read this book again? Yes. Would I recommend it to a friend or another reader? Also yes. It was an enjoyable read and it's perfect for someone looking for a quick thriller. 

My Rating:
4.5 of 5 Stars!

About the Author:
Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in New England. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them. 

WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

- 1 Winner Will Receive a $25 B&N Gift Card, US Only
- 5 Winners will receive one of Katlyn's Backlist Titles in eBook Format, International

Rafflecopter Link:

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
11/13/2017- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
11/13/2017- Books,Dreams,LifeExcerpt

11/14/2017- Smada's Book SmackReview
11/14/2017- Stuffed ShelvesReview

11/15/2017- Sweet Southern HomeReview
11/15/2017- Books at DawnReview

11/16/2017- Twinning for BooksInterview
11/16/2017- Savings in SecondsReview

11/17/2017- Hooked To BooksExcerpt
11/17/2017- Mama Reads BlogReview

Week Two:
11/20/2017- Owl always be readingReview
11/20/2017- Daily WaffleInterview

11/21/2017- Kendra Loves BooksReview
11/21/2017- Never Too Many To ReadReview

11/22/2017- Jo's Book BlogGuest Post
11/22/2017- Queen of BooksReview

11/23/2017- Literary MeanderingsExcerpt
11/23/2017- Taylor Fenner’s Bookish WorldReview

11/24/2017- BookHounds YAGuest Post
11/24/2017- Texan Girl ReadsReview

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

"What I'm Reading" Wednesday #100

It's my 100th WIR-Wednesday Post! Whooo! With the arrival of my new glasses I'm finally able to read books on my Kindle again without murdering my eyes so this week I'm reading...

Undone (Unknown Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins, brings you the gripping, sensual conclusion to her apocalyptic trilogy.

Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, marred by one ugly fact; it’s under enemy control. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been captured, and it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the only precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.

Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.

Why I Requested This Book | What I Think So Far:
I requested to read and review this book from InkSlingerPR because I couldn't get enough of the first two books. I don't normally like this genre, but I love Wendy Higgins's writing so much that I'm sure she could write any genre and I would love it! Undone is so, so good so far. I wasn't sure I would like alternating between Amber and Remy's perspectives but now I love seeing into Remy's mind. I don't want to put this book down and I can't wait to see how it all comes together in the end!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For

This week's  TTT is all about books I'm thankful for in honor of Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. From books that made me fall in love with genres I balked at before to books that sparked my love for reading or helped me on my career path, or just books I feel damn lucky to have been able to read; these are the books I'm thankful for this season...

The Great Hunt and Unknown by Wendy Higgins

A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

the 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

East O' The Sun and West O' The Moon

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie

These are just a few of the books that I'm thankful they exist. What are some books you're thankful for? 
Drop me a link to yours!
Happy reading bookdragons and have an amazing Thanksgiving!
- 💀Taylor

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: Ryan's Bed by Tijan

Today I'm excited to share with you the beautiful cover artwork of an intriguing sounding book...

Release Date: January 22, 2018
YA Standalone

I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident. 

I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed—her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should've left... 

I didn’t. 
I didn’t jump out. 
I didn’t get embarrassed. 
I relaxed. 
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved. 

I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept. 

The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could've stayed forever, I would have. 
He became my sanctuary. 

Because—four hours earlier—my twin sister killed herself.

iBooks | Kobo | Nook | Add to Goodreads
*Kindle & Paperback Editions Available on January 22!*

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

To find what to read next of hers, go to

Saturday, November 18, 2017

#BookTag Saturday: The Book Boyfriend For Every Month Tag

This #BookTag Saturday I'm tackling an interesting one I was tagged with by my friend @heretherebeareader on Instagram.... the Book Boyfriend For Every Month Book Tag!

John (Trust by Kylie Scott)

Clayton Danvers (Bitten by Kelley Armstrong)

Mal Erickson (Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott)

Rhysand (from the ACOTAR Series by Sarah J. Maas)

Nash (from the Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover)

Lucas Wolf (from Devoured by Emily Snow)

Thomas Cresswell (from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco)

North Archer (from Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie)

The Goblin King (Der Erlkonig, from Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones)

Varen Nethers (from Nevermore by Kelly Creagh)

Daemon Black (from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Shane Collins (from the Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine)

As you can probably see, I tend to go for the bad boy with the tortured past, except in a few cases. Who are some of your favorite book boyfriends?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fandom Friday: Favorite Bookish Candles

I meant to do this last week, but this week I'm bringing you my favorite bookish candles. I've amassed quite a few since my first A Court of Candles purchase last Christmas, they've easily become my second addiction after books! 

My Full Candle Collection
Candles from: A Court of Candles, Wick and Fable, Novelly Yours, Frostbeard Studio, Stub Tail Candle Co, and The Melting Library

My Favorite Bookish Candle:
Rowan from A Court of Candles
Smells Like: Pine and Mint

Summer Solstice from A Court of Candles
Smells Like: Strawberries
I love this candle and keep it near my bed so occasionally through the night I catch whiffs of it. Yum!

#Bookstagram from Wick and Fable
Smells Like: Vanilla and Coffee (and to me, popcorn)
This is a warm smelling candle I love to open up and let the scent fill my room.

Darkling from A Court of Candles
Smells Like: (to me, Darkling smells like one of my favorite perfumes but I can't put my finger on which one.)
This is my newest candle purchase and quickly tied for my favorite with Rowan!

Fireheart by A Court of Candles
Smells Like: Citrus and Spice maybe? 
At first this wasn't one of my favorites but now I love to sniff it. It's been sitting open on top of my bookcase for a few months now and it still smells fantastic.

Rhysand by A Court of Candles
Smells Like: Jasmine
This is a really relaxing scented candle. It smells clean, like fresh linen in a way. 

I think it's safe to say A Court of Candles is probably my favorite candle company but I love candles from each of the companies I've bought from. Both #Bookstagram and Der Erlkonig from Wick and Fable are fantastic, as is Cassius from Stub Tail Candle Company, Baz and Simon from Novelly Yours, Le Cirque Des Reves from FrostBeard, and Black Flame Candle from The Melting Library. There's something to love from them all!